With an estimated 95% of all health care delivered in general practice and the community, patient data is managed in a highly distributed manner by over 7,000 independent GP surgeries. Privacy, security and consent are major concerns. Collecting primary care data for analytical purposes is, in short, no easy feat.
The organisation had already collected the behaviour of over 2,000 GPs and more than two million patients, and had set an ambitious growth target of quadrupling within two years. To support that kind of growth, a completely new strategic data integration platform was required, designed to cope with complex data sets, transparently implement data cleansing and data interpretation rules, and to comprehensively expose data quality issues.
Automatic generation of the (ETL) data processing layer using our proprietary Acceler8 development framework further improved the speed of delivery, allowing a limited team of internal development resources to focus on the implementation of complex transformation, interpretation and quality cleansing rules. Fast innovation and exploration were core design principle
The data warehouse developed is transformative for the organisation, exposing data faster, cleaner, and more transparently than ever possible before. It is a not just a technical exercise with a technical outcome, but a process with clear benefits not just to the organisation itself but to health care across Australia.
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